The Ballad of the Irish Horse

17 03 2007

The Ballad of the Irish Horse

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Thought we’d mark the day with me telling you about a lovely little National Geographic documentary, Ballad of the Irish Horse. Featuring music by The Chieftains, it’s a loving look at the horse culture of the Emerald Isles:

Over the centuries, horses have captured hearts and minds of the Irish people. Nurtured by the mild climate and rich grasses, the horses of Ireland have always flourished. From magnificent wild stallions to sturdy work ponies and the elegant racing thoroughbreds—Ireland’s horses are an enduring part of the country’s history, work, and play. A romantic portrait of man and animal for viewers to treasure.

I was fortunate enough to find it at my local Jumbo Video a few years ago, but it may pop up on TV in reruns, or at your local public library; find your own copy here or on eBay. (If you go the latter route, make sure the videotape is in the right format for your country)



4 responses

17 03 2007

And “Into the West” is a fabulous movie about much the same thing, from a magical realism point of view. Also, it has Gabriel Byrne, and he’s nearly as pretty as the horse.

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27 03 2010

I’ve seen many, many National Geographic specials and this is my absolute favorite. If you have a drop of Irish blood in you, if you love horses, if you enjoy the music of The Chieftains or if you like to travel and hope to visit Ireland one day, please try to get a copy of this documentary. Why it isn’t on DVD, I do not know…….it certainly should be. I watch it every St. Patrick’s Day and in between if I’m feeling a particular longing for my ancestral home. Anyway, you’ll love it, I guarantee it!!

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